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London’s Crows were recently announced as the latest signing to Balley Records (home of IDLES, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and will deliver their long-awaited debut album Silver Tongues in March. The album’s thrilling first single “Chain Of Being”, was Lamacq’s Livener on 6 Music, and is a real statement: a widescreen slice of post-punk that combines heaviness and brooding melody in equal measures.
Balley Records label boss and IDLES frontman Joe Talbot said the following of his decision to sign Crows: “I saw them play at the Louisiana in Bristol a few years ago and both the performance and the quality of their songs blew me away. Everything about them excites me; so when I heard they were looking to release an album, I had no choice but to chase them. It’s a dream to work with them”.
Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows (including riotous performances at Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival 2017 and Southsea Fest 2016) which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES for their sell out UK tour this spring.
With a string of successful singles and EPs under their belt, Silver Tongues has been a long while coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfils both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the sky-scraping “Demeanour” and “Wednesday’s Child”, to the blissed-out closer “Dysphoria”, each listen reveals new layers, fresh ideas.
Silver Tongues is a huge step forward for the band, not only musically, but emotionally. A touring band who have been through so much already, this album rightly took time: now, both Crows and the listener can reap the rewards for their patience.
- Silver Tongues
- Wednesday’s Child
- Hang Me High
- Chain Of Being
- Tired And Failed
- First Light / False Face